MANILA, Philippines – Confident that their boxer-colleague Sarangani Rep Manny Pacquiao will once again win when he meets rival Juan Manuel Marquez on Sunday, December 9, lawmakers said Saturday, December 8, that a Pacquiao win will help lift the spirits of those affected by the onslaught of Typhoon “Pablo.”
“Once again, our nation is united in praying for Manny’s victory. His expected win will once again exemplify his courage, strength and resilience in the face of any match or opponent. The victory will give hope and encouragement to Filipinos for them to face bravely their own battles in life,” said Bayan Muna Rep Neri Colmenares.
Typhoon Pablo was the strongest storm to hit Mindanao in nearly two decades, leaving nearly 500 dead, and the Philippines under a state of national calamity. On Friday, Pacquiao pledged support for the victims of the typhoon.
Deputy Speaker and Zamboanga Rep Maria Isabelle Climaco said that a win by the Filipino boxing icon will “provide inspiration and hope to Filipinos” to encourage them “never to give up in the face of any adversity or challenge.”
As Pacquiao faces his 4th match against Marquez, Senior Deputy Majority Floor Leader Janette Garin said she was confident that the win will go to Pacquiao once again.
“Manny is smarter, faster and stronger than Marquez. His legion of fans and even his critics know it. He will certainly win his fourth match against Marquez. His show of determination will serve as inspiration to Filipinos especially those who are now recovering from typhoon Pablo’s devastation,” Garin said.
Pacquiao’s victory will be a “timely dedication” to his countrymen in Southern Mindanao who are still reeling from the effects of the storm, Isabela Rep Giorgidi Aggabao said.
“We are confident the Pacquiao-Marquez fight will easily end, and the powerful and quick puncher Manny will come out victorious again. His victory will send a message of hope to Typhoon Pablo victims and other crisis-stricken Filipinos that they can overcome their temporary difficulties through courage and determination,” said Aggabao.
Reports said House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr issued 16 travel authorities to the US for lawmakers planning to watch Pacquiao’s match despite the devastation and legislative work. The House needs to muster a quorum next week in order to put the Reproductive Health Bill to a vote. – Rappler.com